CHICAGO – Try as they might, the Chicago Bulls couldn’t get Loul Deng his first triple-double.
No matter, the Bulls still won handily.
Deng had 19 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals to lead Chicago to a 97-73 victory over Utah on Friday night that snapped the Bulls’ two-game skid and kept the Jazz winless.
Carlos Boozer added 18 points, Joakim Noah had 14 and Derrick Rose 12 for the Bulls.
I think we tried like five times (to get the triple-double for Deng), but it didn’t work out, Rose said. When Tibs (head coach Tom Thibodeau) brought him out, the fans got kind of upset, but if anything, I’m super proud of his performance tonight.
The Bulls dominated in the paint, scoring 56 points to 22 for Utah. Overall, Chicago outshot Utah 52.8 percent to 29.8 percent in winning its sixth straight against the Jazz.
I thought there was a lot of unselfish play, guys making the extra pass, Thibodeau said. I thought the screen was a lot better, hitting the open man, running the floor, a great effort defensively, and that’s what it’s going to take.
The Jazz (0-6) are off to their worst start since their debut NBA season in New Orleans in 1974-75, when they lost their first 11 games.
Chicago built its biggest lead of the first half at 38-22 with 8:10 left in the second quarter and never looked back. The Bulls took their biggest lead at 89-60 with 8:39 left in the game.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 15 points, while Derrick Favors and Alec Burks had 10 points apiece, and Rudy Gobert grabbed 12 rebounds.
(We’re) frustrated, frustrated, Hayward said. (We’ve) got to find some way to get the job done. We just got to get through this real rough patch we’re going through. If you can’t score the basketball, it just puts too much pressure on your defense.
THUNDER 119, PISTONS 110: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Kevin Durant had 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to propel Oklahoma City. Rookie Steven Adams added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 20 points despite missing 14 of his 19 field-goal attempts for the Thunder.
MAGIC 91, CELTICS 89: In Orlando, Fla., Brandon Bass had 16 points, including a pair of free-throws in the closing seconds to help Boston hang on for its second straight victory. The loss ends the Magic’s three-game win streak.
KNICKS 101, BOBCATS 91: In Charlotte, N.C., Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Andrea Bargnani added 25 points as New York spoiled Patrick Ewing’s NBA head coaching debut.
Ewing, who spent 15 seasons with the Knicks as a star center, filled in as Charlotte’s coach after Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure earlier in the day to have two stents placed in his heart. Clifford checked himself into the hospital late Thursday night with chest pain.
76ERS 94, CAVALIERS 79: In Philadelphia, Evan Turner scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Tony Wroten added 18 points to lead Philadelphia. Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 18 points.
WIZARDS 112, NETS 108, OT: In Washington, Nene scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth, including a putback with 1.2 seconds to play that sent the game to overtime, and Trevor Ariza hit the go-ahead 3 in the extra period.
TIMBERWOLVES 116, MAVERICKS 108: In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists as Minnesota snapped a two-game skid.
PELICANS 96, LAKERS 85: In New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tied a career best with six blocks to lead New Orleans.
Jrue Holiday added 13 points and 13 assists and Eric Gordon scored 16 for the Pelicans, who led most of the way in their second straight win.
SPURS 76, WARRIORS 74: In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 18 points, including the last seven for San Antonio, but missed two free throws with 16.4 seconds left that gave Golden State a final chance. Andre Iguodala drove to the basket and tried a layup that rolled off the rim.
SUNS 114, NUGGETS 103: In Phoenix, Markieff Morris scored 14 of his career-high 28 points in the fourth period as Phoenix rallied from an 11-point deficit.